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Utah football is “receiving votes” in first USA Today Coaches Poll

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Football starts to feel more real when the numbers next to team’s names start to come out. The first official poll dropped today by the Coaches and USA Today. Of course, this poll doesn’t really matter, especially when we get to November and the College Football Playoff poll is released. With that said, it’s fun to look at.

Here’s how the coaches have things to start the preseason:

  1. Alabama

2. Clemson
3. Ohio State
4. Georgia
5. Oklahoma
6. Washington
7. Wisconsin
8. Miami
9. Penn State
10. Auburn
11. Notre Dame
12. Michigan State
13. Stanford
14. Michigan
15. USC
16. TCU
17. Viginia Tech
18. Mississippi State
19. Florida State
20. WVU
21. Texas
22. Boise State
23. Central Florida
24. LSU
25. Oklahoma State

Other receiving votes: South Carolina (9-4) 138; Florida (4-7) 135; Oregon (7-6) 105; Utah (7-6) 81; Northwestern (10-3) 67; Texas A&M (7-6) 67; Kansas State (8-5) 35; Florida Atlantic (11-3) 27; Boston College (7-6) 23; Memphis (10-3) 23; North Carolina State (9-4) 22; Arkansas State (7-5) 19; Troy (11-2) 19; Appalachian State (9-4) 16; San Diego State (10-3) 15; Iowa (8-5) 8; Iowa State (8-5) 8; Kentucky (7-6) 8; Washington State (9-4) 7; South Florida (10-2) 6; Duke (7-6) 5; Fresno State (10-4) 4; Louisville (8-5) 3; Arizona (7-6) 2; Houston (7-5) 2; Army (10-3) 1; Northern Illinois (8-5) 1.

So if the poll was extended out, Utah would be No. 29. There are the three Pac-12 teams ranked with Washington, USC and Stanford... no big surprise there. Oregon is just ahead of the Utes in votes. Wazzu and Arizona both make appearances in the votes category as well. Solid start with Washington sitting at No. 6, for the Pac-12. They need to keep someone around that top five area all season long.

Some other thoughts from the poll:

What’s going to happen with Ohio State with the Urban Meyer situation?
Wisconsin should be getting a bit more love... maybe more than OSU.
Mississippi State without Dan Mullen, how will that affect them goign forward?
Texas... really... Texas? Can’t they earn it first?
Boise State needs to prove it to me, other than having a soft schedule.

What are some of your thoughts?